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Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa named first team Associated Press All-American

Washington State defensive lineman Hercules Mata'afa (50) stands on the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Colorado in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (Young Kwak / AP)
Washington State defensive lineman Hercules Mata'afa (50) stands on the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Colorado in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (Young Kwak / AP)

PULLMAN – Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa was named to two more All-American lists on Monday, earning first team honors from the Associated Press and second team recognition from the Football Writers Association of America.

The defensive tackle, who was named a first team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation last week, will be a consensus All-American if he earns first team honors from Sporting News and/or the American Football Coaches Association.

Mata’afa led the Pac-12 with 21.5 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks and was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year by the AP. Mata’afa was also named first team All-Pac-12 defensive tackle and defensive end by the AP.

The junior from Lahaina, Hawaii, saw his chances at being named a unanimous All-American end when the FWAA listed him on the second team. A player has to be named to the first team by all five organizations to earn the unanimous distinction.

WSU’s 2016 unanimous All-American offensive lineman, Cody O’Connell, was named a second team All-American by the AP on Monday. O’Connell, a first team Walter Camp All-American, started in all 12 games this season and was named first team All-Pac-12.

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